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Best Things To Do in Cozumel

Most travelers head to Cozumel for diving along the shallow reefs and relaxing on the beach; experienced divers tend to migrate toward the northern beaches, while families looking for quiet sands and calm shores seek beaches toward the south. Land-loving travelers can explore what the Mayans left behind at the San Gervasio Ruins, or take a hiking trip through the Punta Sur Ecological Park.

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#1

#1 in Cozumel

No trip to Cozumel is complete without a boat ride (or two) around the island's magnificently blue waters. Whether you hop on board to scuba dive through some of Cozumel's magnificent reefs or to simply take in the scenery during a sunset sail, most travelers agree that chartering a boat is worth the time and money. 
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Boat Tours
No trip to Cozumel is complete without a boat ride (or two) around the island's magnificently blue waters. Whether you hop on board to scuba dive through some of Cozumel's magnificent reefs or to simply take in the scenery during a sunset sail, most travelers agree that chartering a boat is worth the time and money. 
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#2 in Cozumel

If you're a wildlife lover, a trip to the Faro Celerain Eco Park is a must. Also known as Punta Sur Eco Beach Park, this ecological park sprawls across the southern tip of Cozumel. Its 2,500 acres are home to exotic birds, crocodiles and sea turtles. But don't let the animals distract you from everything else the park has to offer. Take some time to explore the eco park's two lighthouses, one of which hails from the pre-Hispanic era. There's also a museum that details the history of the Maya, as well as pirates and corsairs that once frequented the area. You can also book a catamaran tour of the Colombia lagoon. 
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Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
Faro Celerain Eco Park (Punta Sur Eco Beach Park)
If you're a wildlife lover, a trip to the Faro Celerain Eco Park is a must. Also known as Punta Sur Eco Beach Park, this ecological park sprawls across the southern tip of Cozumel. Its 2,500 acres are home to exotic birds, crocodiles and sea turtles. But don't let the animals distract you from everything else the park has to offer. Take some time to explore the eco park's two lighthouses, one of which hails from the pre-Hispanic era. There's also a museum that details the history of the Maya, as well as pirates and corsairs that once frequented the area. You can also book a catamaran tour of the Colombia lagoon. 
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#3 in Cozumel

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Palancar Beach, one of the best all-around beach spots on Cozumel, is especially acclaimed for its water sports, including kayaking, snorkeling, sailing and diving. You can rent a dive charter and also grab some grub at the nearby restaurants and bars. Travelers especially recommend Palancar Beach and Palancar Reef for cruise patrons looking to escape a pre-planned excursion for a more authentic experience. 
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Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
Palancar Beach
Palancar Beach, one of the best all-around beach spots on Cozumel, is especially acclaimed for its water sports, including kayaking, snorkeling, sailing and diving. You can rent a dive charter and also grab some grub at the nearby restaurants and bars. Travelers especially recommend Palancar Beach and Palancar Reef for cruise patrons looking to escape a pre-planned excursion for a more authentic experience. 
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#4 in Cozumel

Paradise Beach is a popular beach on the western side of the island. Families, couples, locals and tourists – plus plenty of cruise ship passengers – flock to this beach, so prepare for crowds. This pristine shoreline boasts soft sand, turquoise waters, a pool, a restaurant and shopping (you can pick up a bathing suit, sandals and other beach necessities at three stores along the shore). For $3, you're granted access to all the facilities, as well as a chair by the beach or the pool, and for about $18, you can purchase a Fun Pass to use all of the inflatable water toys, water trampolines, a coconut tree climb, kayaks, snorkeling gear and stand-up paddleboards. Poolside and beachside food and beverage service is also offered with a $10 minimum. 
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Paradise Beach
Paradise Beach is a popular beach on the western side of the island. Families, couples, locals and tourists – plus plenty of cruise ship passengers – flock to this beach, so prepare for crowds. This pristine shoreline boasts soft sand, turquoise waters, a pool, a restaurant and shopping (you can pick up a bathing suit, sandals and other beach necessities at three stores along the shore). For $3, you're granted access to all the facilities, as well as a chair by the beach or the pool, and for about $18, you can purchase a Fun Pass to use all of the inflatable water toys, water trampolines, a coconut tree climb, kayaks, snorkeling gear and stand-up paddleboards. Poolside and beachside food and beverage service is also offered with a $10 minimum. 
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#5 in Cozumel

Don't have the time to see all of Mexico's sites? Just go to Discover Mexico Park. Sitting along the coast just south of San Miguel, this park houses miniature models of some of the country's most popular attractions, including the Mayan ruins of Tulum and the Metropolitan Cathedral of Mexico City. The park also provides insight into Mexican culture, including a chocolate factory and the popular tequila tasting exhibit. 
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2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Discover Mexico Park
Don't have the time to see all of Mexico's sites? Just go to Discover Mexico Park. Sitting along the coast just south of San Miguel, this park houses miniature models of some of the country's most popular attractions, including the Mayan ruins of Tulum and the Metropolitan Cathedral of Mexico City. The park also provides insight into Mexican culture, including a chocolate factory and the popular tequila tasting exhibit. 
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#6 in Cozumel

A visit to Stingray Beach will provide the same interactive experience as scuba diving, just without the heavy gear (or price tags). Located in San Miguel, this facility allows you to get up close and personal with these undersea creatures, providing ample opportunities to swim among them. And don't worry about getting stung: The rays' barbs are clipped, so the animals can't hurt you. 
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2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Stingray Beach
A visit to Stingray Beach will provide the same interactive experience as scuba diving, just without the heavy gear (or price tags). Located in San Miguel, this facility allows you to get up close and personal with these undersea creatures, providing ample opportunities to swim among them. And don't worry about getting stung: The rays' barbs are clipped, so the animals can't hurt you. 
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#7 in Cozumel

Chankanaab is a Mayan term that means "small sea," and the outdoor park is named for its coastal cenote, which features diving and snorkeling tours, dolphin encounters, and a relaxing beach. There's also opportunities for zip lining and touring a tequila factory, along with gardens, nature trails and picturesque grounds for both exploring and relaxing. There's even a spa located on the premises. 
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Beaches Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
Chankanaab National Park
Chankanaab is a Mayan term that means "small sea," and the outdoor park is named for its coastal cenote, which features diving and snorkeling tours, dolphin encounters, and a relaxing beach. There's also opportunities for zip lining and touring a tequila factory, along with gardens, nature trails and picturesque grounds for both exploring and relaxing. There's even a spa located on the premises. 
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#8 in Cozumel

Mayan women used to visit this shrine in central Cozumel to pay tribute to their goddess of love and fertility, Ixchel. Today, you can pay a tribute of your own by taking a brief tour of this ruin; it costs $9.50 to access the park. Most grumble about the cost of admission, but previous guests do recommend you take some time to visit San Gervasio if you have never seen Mayan ruins up close. Companies like Cozumel Tours will take you around and through the ruins, but you could save time and a little expense by taking a taxi to the area and walking through on your own. 
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San Gervasio Ruins
Mayan women used to visit this shrine in central Cozumel to pay tribute to their goddess of love and fertility, Ixchel. Today, you can pay a tribute of your own by taking a brief tour of this ruin; it costs $9.50 to access the park. Most grumble about the cost of admission, but previous guests do recommend you take some time to visit San Gervasio if you have never seen Mayan ruins up close. Companies like Cozumel Tours will take you around and through the ruins, but you could save time and a little expense by taking a taxi to the area and walking through on your own. 
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